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Rabindranath Tagore Rd, Pathani Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
On the Ganges to witness the Aarti (prayer) ceremony. Before we boarded a row boat to watch masses come to the Ghats to offer prayers and float tiny oil lamps on the river. The moment that struck me aaas that a woman was sweeping the steps to the...
SH 36, Khandwari, Uttar Pradesh 232109, India
Around the Ganges, the streets and alley-ways of Varanasi are packed with sellers of anything you can imagine. I passed this flower market on the way back to my hotel, and loved the bright red wall behind the man and his flowers. The text above...
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Varanasi is India's most holy city. It is not only the ultimate pilgrimage for devout Hindus, but seekers of peace also make it a point to visit Varanasi to de-stress, relax and recharge their souls. It is a city of temples, of age-old rituals and...
Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
The Bodhi Tree, which Siddhartha Gautama sat under to attain enlightenment, located in Bodhgaya, India is an auspicious place for Buddhists to visit. When the wind blows and the Bodhi Tree sheds its leaves the scrummage of monks competing to pick...
B1/163, Assi ghat, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India
Varanasi is a city of beautiful chaos. Located on the banks of the Ganges River, it's one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and also one of the holiest. The river is the pulse of the city and it's worth setting your alarm...
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
For those who have been to India, Varanasi was surely on your destinations list. For travelers planning to go in the future the case should be the same. The stories you will read and hear about Varanasi are all true: monkeys, cows, rivers, ghats,...
Godaulia, Maheshpur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
On our first trip to India, we were lucky enough to meet Uschi, a friend of a friend who lives in Varanasi. The old city there is intense - a warren of tiny streets which are confusing, insane, dirty and amazing all at once. Uschi took us out of...
Harishchandra Ghat, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
People come to Varanasi to watch spiritual seekers bathing in the holy Ganges river. Some come to walk along the river and to view the ancient crumbling palaces. And others come to be cremated. There are two main cremation sites in this holy city....
Harha, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
The aarti ceremony (the offering of the light) is held on the banks of the Holy Ganges River in Varanasi India as the sun goes down. The chanting and prayers are held along the ghats (steps that go all the way down into the river.) The best place...
Chandua Chhittupur, Shivpurwa, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002, India
India is a land of extremes – poverty and wealth, calm and chaos. Probably the city that best captures these contradictions is Varanasi, India’s oldest and most holy place. Varanasi lies on the banks on the Ganges River. It is a sacred city that...
Aayushman, Sa. 15/146-1, Sarnath, Dara Nagar, Bazardiha, Maheshpur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002, India
To see the magic weavers at work say "yes." when the merchant asks if you would like to visit the men weaving these tapestries. A dyeing art, this method will eventually be no more. as automated computer programs replace the small teams of two...
Near Manikarnika Ghat, Garawasi Tola, Ghats of varanasi, Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
The scene behind Manikarnika ghat, the main cremation ground in Varanasi, looks like a medieval workshop. In the dank shadowy lanes, it feels like you’re watching workers backstage laboring for the performance happening out front, as if they’re...
D 3/24, Meer Ghat, Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
Sadhus, or Babas, can be found sleeping all over the city of Varanasi, India, fully clad in their orange and gold getup you see them tucked in corners, cuddled up to cows or draped over the steps of the ghats, they are a strange and wonderfully...
D-20/21 Munshi Ghat, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
The Dom Raja, also known as the Lord of the Dead, rowed me across the sacred Ganges River one morning while I was in town for a week and a half to do a feature for AFAR (see the June 2014 issue or the link below). He, along with his brothers,...
#60-C, Callejon del Chorro, La Habana, Cuba
Once you’ve found the restaurant, tucked away in an alley off the Plaza de la Catedral in Old Havana, you’ll discover why Leticia Abad’s ropa vieja is widely considered the best in the city. Tables are few and in high demand, so make a reservation...
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